GOP forwards a new ‘doc fix’ for Medicare payments | On Call

July 22, 2013 by Sony Salzman

House Republicans propose a new way to reimburse doctors that would repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate equation and stem a 25% cut in reimbursement.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — House GOP-ers are looking to rewrite the so-called "doc fix," replacing Medicare's sustainable growth rate fomula with a physician performance incentive program.

The 70-page proposal claims to improve quality and efficiency in the healthcare system with a physician reimbursement system that would start with 5 years of consistent Medicare payments.

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Reimbursement would then be based on performance measures and set at a stable 0.5% increase per year until 2018. Physicians would be allowed to opt out of the system if they participate in alternative payment methods.

Medicare's current sustainable growth rate formula would cut physician reimbursements by 25% in 2014, according to MedPage Today.